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Chiefs host county shootout this week
Dec 26, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Wyoming Indian is on a five-game winning streak.
Wyoming Indian High School has a 5-1 record to start the season, but the Chiefs still haven't played a home boys basketball game.
That changes this week when Wyoming Indian High School holds the Fremont County Shootout basketball tournament in Ethete.
The Chiefs host five other teams in the two-day tournament.
The first day will be for pool play and the second for bracket play.
Ten Sleep, Saratoga and Wind River are in one boys pool. The Riverton sophomores, St. Stephen's and Wyoming Indian make up the other pool.
"The fan support is really strong," Wyoming Indian coach Craig Ferris said. "Sometimes it's hard for them to get to those longer games in Billings, Mont., or in Sheridan. Hopefully, we will have that gym packed Thursday morning and at night."
The Chiefs open the tournament at 8:30 .a.m. Thursday against St. Stephen's.
WIHS plays the Riverton sophomores at 8:30 p.m. Thursday to end the first day.
"When we were in Sheridan, our junior varsity guys played at 8 a.m., and we were shocked on how good that our guys played that early in the morning," Ferris said.
The Wind River boys play at 10 a.m. Thursday vs. Saratoga.
"I know that Ten Sleep has beaten some really good Class 2-A teams," Ferris said. "Wind River is finally coming along."
Wind River plays at 2:30 p.m. Thursday vs. Ten Sleep.
"It gives us a chance to catch up because we have six games," said Ferris about playing over Christmas break. "Some of these teams have eight or 10 games. I like it because it gives us a few more games when they are not playing."
The top two teams advance and play Friday in the semifinals at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The title game is set for 8:30 p.m.
After suffering a 57-51 loss to the Lovell Bulldogs on Dec. 6, the Chiefs have gone on a five-game winning streak.
The game with the Bulldogs was the season opener for WIHS. Lovell played in three games at the Riverton Invitational to start the season.
"The big factor for me in the Lovell loss was that it was their fourth game, and it was only our first game," Ferris said. "It's kind of tough when you are practicing against yourself so much to play against somebody else. I think that we have adjusted pretty well from it."
The Chiefs beat Wright 59-35, Tongue River 67-44 and Big Horn 63-61 in the last three outings.
"We have some guys playing some new positions and have some new roles within our team," Ferris said. "It took us a couple of games to figure out who needed to do what and where we were going to get our scoring from. Once we figured that out and got some things fixed, the guys are really coming together as a team and are playing well. It kind us got us rolling."
Wyoming Indian's leading scorers are Trevor Williamson, Alvin Spoonhunter and Joseph Howell.
"We are fast-paced and high tempo and we put a lot of shots up in offense," Ferris said. "We always tell the guys that if we have three or four guys in double figures, then that is really good for us."